Today’s Track – Dry the Rain, The Beta Band

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I suppose the British know as much about cold, gray, wet days as anyone. So, today, an anthem for clearer skies ahead (metaphorically and otherwise) delivered by the UK’s Beta Band. “If there’s something inside that you want to say, say it out loud; it’ll be okay.” Dry the Rain by the Beta Band from the album The Three EPs, 1998.

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2014 Easter Cards

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Here comes Peter Cottontail… A few of my favorite choices this year for fabulous Easter cards… (As always, click to shop!)

Wit & Whistle - Dogwood Easter Card, $4.50

Wit & Whistle – Dogwood Easter Card, $4.50

Seahorse Bend Press - Spring Hues Easter Card, $5

Seahorse Bend Press – Spring Hues Easter Card, $5

Ink Meets Paper - Easter Eggs, $5

Ink Meets Paper – Easter Eggs, $5

Me and Wee - Floral Bunny Card, $4

Me and Wee – Floral Bunny Card, $4

Farewell Paperie - Easter Feaster Card, $5

Farewell Paperie – Easter Feaster Card, $5

Macon York - Big Type, $4

Macon York – Big Type, $4

The Paper Cub - Mod Eggs, $5

The Paper Cub – Mod Eggs, $5

Rifle Paper Co - Floral Egg, $4.50

Rifle Paper Co – Floral Egg, $4.50

Grey Moggie Press - Peeps Season, $5

Grey Moggie Press – Peeps Season, $5

Caroline Gardner - Chicks & Eggs, £2.50

Caroline Gardner – Chicks & Eggs, £2.50

hyc Creative - Spring Has Sprung, $5

hyc Creative – Spring Has Sprung, $5

Craft Goblin - Bite Me, $5

Craft Goblin – Bite Me, $5

Modern Printed Matter - Easter Chevron, $4

Modern Printed Matter – Easter Chevron, $4

LaLa Grace Paper - BW, $4.50

LaLa Grace Paper – BW, $4.50

Hej Juni - Bunny Sweethearts Card set with carrot envelope, $9

Hej Juni – Bunny Sweethearts Card set with carrot envelope, $9

Minted - Kraft with White, $5.99

Minted – Kraft with White, $5.99

 

 

 

Today’s Track – All I Need, Al Green

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Oh, yeah. Today’s all about easy R&B. And while it’s a love song, it also gets me to thinking about what it is that I actually need. And right now, it’s to be in the moment; allowing myself to be totally blissed out. Give it a go. All I Need by Al Green from the album Lay it Down, 2008.

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Spring Summer 2015 Trends from Lenzing

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Considering that it’s still relatively chilly and snow-covered in these parts (yes, really. sigh.), I could use a jolt of spring color! Today’s post comes via Lenzing, an Austrian company known best for fiber / textile production that also offers great trend insights. Here’s their forecast of incoming color trends for the Spring Summer 2015 season in Womens, Mens and Kid’s fashion.

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Stunning Shibori

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Today, I’m featuring three pillows. Three pillows that collectively cost more than my first car (admittedly, it was a quite humble first car…) but are arguably worth the stretch. Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood began her career at Anthropologie before launching her own collection of home textiles. Her products begin in her sketchbook, and then are created in small editions using hand-dying, printing and painting techniques. I especially love the unique softness of the one-of-a-kind Shibori pillows, and how lovely they layer with her other pieces. (Prices range from $50 – $300; As always, click to shop!)

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Paula Greif Ceramics

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Paula Greif is a NYC-based ceramic artist who was originally trained as a graphic designer. Her enviable and varied career began in the art department at Rolling Stone, followed by stints at Mademoiselle and Barneys NY, after which she turned to making rock videos for the likes of the Smiths. It wasn’t until later in life that she decided to take a pottery class with the intent of “remaking everything in her kitchen”. These days. she hand-makes small batch ceramics (only about a dozen of each design) of things she finds useful and beautiful. Indeed. (As always, click to shop!)

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Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265

Big Speckled Circles Bowl, $265

Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210

Three Blue Lines Stoneware Bowl, $210

Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90

Flat Black Terracotta Platter, $90

Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235

Blue Circles Stoneware Bowl, $235

Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180

Brown Black Circles Stoneware Vase, $180

Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235

Blue Pinstriped Bowl, $235

 

Minneapolis Retail Tour – Part Two

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Here’s “A Look at Color”,  the second part of the Minneapolis home decor shopping scene recap. Enjoy! (Some of you were asking for a list of spots that we visited, so I’ve included a number of the highlights below the eye candy.)

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A few of the lovely shops we visited:

  • Brown & Greene Floral (Linden Hills)
  • Victory (Linden Hills)
  • Patina (50th & Bryant)
  • Gallery 360º (50th & Xerxes)
  • Anthropologie (50th & France)
  • At Home (50th & France)
  • Tangletown Gardens (52nd & Nicollet)
  • Prime and Polish (Diamond Lake Road @ Lyndale)
  • West Elm (Edina)
  • Crate & Barrel (Galleria)
  • Ampersand (Galleria)
  • Martin Patrick (North Loop)
  • The Foundry Home Goods (North Loop)
  • FinnStyle (Glenwood)
  • Vivid Interiors (Bryn Mawr)
  • Ciel Loft & Home (Excelsior & Grand area)
  • Forage (Longfellow)
  • Swedish Institute Shop (26th & Park)
  • Pharmacie (LynLake area)
  • CB2 (Uptown)
  • Motto (Uptown)
  • Paper Source (Uptown)

And there are lots more great shops around town, we just couldn’t get to everything in 2 days!

Minneapolis Retail Tour – Part One

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Budget tightening meant that one of our spring trend trips was cancelled this year. So, in an attempt to brew some lemonade out of those lemons, we decided to embark on a 2-day intensive shopping excursion in our own back yard; treating the experience just as we would if we were actually exploring a new, uncharted city. So with those fresh eyes, we took to the streets of Minneapolis on a voyage of discovery. While we made space to check out the “usual suspects”, we also ventured off the beaten path to new shops and places we don’t ordinarily go. I must say, the experience proved totally inspiring and reminded me what an incredibly vibrant retail scene we have right here!

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